Jumping in muddy puddles!
I have been out of class for most of the morning, so was delighted to see my children this afternoon. I love the fact that it’s like being a minor celebrity every time I return from being out, they greet me as if they haven’t seen me for years!
During the register one kiddle begins singing “It’s raining it’s pouring” true to their word it was absolutely lashing it down! He then asks if we can go outside. I promise we can, after our maths focus time, which was investigating capacity using coloured rice (a whole new blog post- not sure I am going to be flavour of the month with our cleaner’s tonight oppps!)
Once our maths time is over, we begin to get ready to go! This still takes a little while, but I try to encourage independent as much as possible.
And we’re off… Firstly they decide to head to the puddles (of course… who wouldn’t?) there’s something quite magical about being outside in torrential rain, knowing your hood is up, your wellies are on and all that’s to be had is a grand old time. Some children were a little dubious of the splashes to begin with, but an encouraging smile and the odd “Don’t worry, you’re covered” was all they needed. Play then developed to who could make the biggest splash, and how much of a run up do you need to create the biggest wave!
One child then headed to the mud kitchen and sand area, and so the play then transferred to this area. I heard shouts of “I’ve found clean water” “I’m going to make clear soup” “We need to use a sieve” “You need half a kilogram”
Before we had set off on our outside adventure the children decided they would like to build dens so they could shelter from the rain. We went down to the woods and found some lovely piles of willow. Whilst heading down to the woods, we looked for bears, found bear claw scratches on the trees, one little girl found some berries on the floor- she was fascinated by them, which led to a full scale search of where they came from, which animals might eat them and if they were harmful to humans. We also found a beautiful butterfly. I was so impressed to see how delicate and careful our children were. They looked intricately at the wings and legs. “It’s an insect, it’s got 6 legs” said one of my little boys.
Once we had collected the willow we headed back to our garden. It was still raining, we were still happy, and work on The Den was about to commence. The children chatted to each other about how they wanted it to look. They decided that a triangle was the best shape. They told me I needed to hold them altogether, then two girls ran to get twine and scissors. Much fun was had whilst these two lovlies ran around the den winding the string round the top so we could hold it securely. It never ceases to amaze me, how strong leaders in activities like this come out of the woodwork. Once the structure was complete a little girl after my own heart shouts “We need things to decorate it” She runs inside and returns with a job lots of glitter, tinsel and ribbon! There was nothing more prefect that I could think of to decorate our Den!
An amazing afternoon was had by all, I feel honoured and blessed to have THE BEST job in the world, and to work with the BEST customers!